“Texas has already recognized that instream flows are extremely important; the whooping crane is just a measuring stick for how well we’re doing,” says Amy Hardberger, a water law professor at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio. “Apparently we’re not doing very well.”Read full post
A Senate committee approved legislation today forcing the Lower Colorado River Authority to cut off water to rice farmers during times of severe drought.Read full post
Some lawmakers expressed worry today that a plan to overhaul the Texas Water Development Board and put the agency in charge of overseeing a $2 billion water infrastructure fund could create another slush fund plagued by cronyism.Read full post
Is Texas headed for more pipeline accidents? The state agency charged with overseeing pipeline safety says it needs twice as many inspectors to do its jobRead full post
Those who enjoy the natural benefits of Texas state parks (which is to say, most self-respecting Texans) had ample reason to pay close attention today as a House committee discussed a way to fund the chronically-underfunded Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.Read full post
Mauricio Blanco has made a life on the Texas coast as an oysterman, though drought and pollution make it harder to earn a living every year.Read full post
Texas’ successful wind industry could be undercut under legislation filed today by freshman Rep. Scott Sanford, a Republican from McKinney.
Sanford’s bill would effectively eliminate Texas’ wind energy standards.Read full post